Washington Legislature Adopts Broad Climate Change Measure


One of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire’s must-have climate change bills is headed for

her signature following passage on March 5 of HB 2815 by the state Senate. Passage came after

a vigorous 90-minute debate that turned back several efforts to amend the bill. The measure sets

out a number of steps that are intended to begin addressing reductions in the emissions of

greenhouse gases (“GHG”) in Washington. The legislation follows Gov. Gregoire’s executive

order and legislation adopted last year mandating reductions in the state’s GHG emissions to

1990 levels by 2020, to 25 percent of 1990 levels by 2035 and 50 percent of 1990 levels by


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